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Dogs With Green Eyes: The Five Most Popular Breeds

Dogs With Green Eyes: The Five Most Popular Breeds
Dogs With Green Eyes

Dogs generally have brown eyes regardless of breed. This is because of a certain gene that is responsible for the production of a brown pigment (eumelanin) in the dog’s iris. However, we can also see dogs with green, blue, or amber eyes. How and why this happens? Why some dogs have green eyes?

Why Some Dogs Have Green Eyes?

The green color is actually the rarest eye color in dogs. We all know that genes control a dog’s appearance, like the coat, color, length of the coat, body size, etc. Well, eyes are no exception. As we have already said, pigment eumelanin is responsible for the brown color of the eye. If a dog doesn’t carry a gene that produces this pigment, then the dog’s eyes won’t be brown, but clear and transparent. 

However, when we look at the dog’s eyes we see them as blue or green because the light refracts when traveling through the clear lens. The eye is actually colorless, but because the light bends and refracts we see color. The same case is when you look at the clear water or the sky and it appears green or blue while in fact, it’s colorless.

Another factor that can cause the occurrence of green or blue eyes in dogs is the so-called Merle gene

The Merle gene is a gene that can modify the color of a dog’s fur and eyes.

The Five Most Popular Green-Eyed Breeds

While many breeds can have green eyes, we have chosen the five most popular breeds that can have green eyes.

American Pit Bull Terrier

If we would have to pick the breed that has the most green-eyed dogs it would be American Pit Bull Terrier. In fact, it’s considered that American Pit is the only purebred dog that can have green eyes. Pit Bull eyes can come in a variety of colors such as hazel, brown, blue, and green. Also, their coat color can vary and come in white, brown, black, or tan. 

Labrador Retriever

One thing is certain, you won’t find green eyes in a purebred Lab. However, mixed-breed chocolate Labs can have yellow-green or green eyes.

Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are best known for their beautiful blue eyes. However, it’s also common to see a Husky with green eyes or even a Husky with one blue and one green eye (Heterochromia).

Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are one of the most popular and most healthy dog breeds in the world. These miniature dogs have become a favorite lap dog across the world. Add to that that their eyes can be green and you have a dog that will leave no one indifferent.

Great Dane

Moving on from the miniature Chihuahua to one of the largest dog breeds in the world. Great Danes are best known for their sizes and strength. However, the lesser-known fact is that they can also have beautiful green eyes.